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PDFSpring Brings More Green Economists say ag loans may grow this season

“In areas heavily dependent on crop production, such as Kansas and Nebraska, more bankers reported declines in farm income, a sharp rise in the demand for operating loans and lower loan repayment rates compared with last year,” the article read. “However, bankers in areas with high concentrations of livestock operations, such as Oklahoma, reported increased farm income, a modest increase in loan demand and solid loan repayment rates.” 


The economists went on to say that “when crop prices were at record highs, Nebraska posted some of the strongest annual cropland value gains in the District; however, after crop prices dropped, cropland values in Nebraska edged down. Cropland values in Oklahoma and the Mountain States, however, posted stronger year-over-year gains in the third quarter.” 


All of this may translate into higher loan demand for your institution as your customers look to purchase inputs for the spring and extend lines of credit. FHLBank’s line of credit is a good funding vehicle for these types of working capital and operating loans.  The line of credit has been priced well under Prime for the last 15 years, which will help you earn a good spread. Today’s spread is 3.50% (Prime based loan + 50 bps).


15-year Prime versus FHLBank's Line of Credit


 

Additionally, the graph above takes a look at the spread your institution would have earned if you tied your Prime based loan (plus 50 bps) to FHLBank’s LOC rate over the same 15 years. 


More specifically, the targeted area of the graph shows the correlation of the rates before and during a rising-rate environment. Further analysis indicates 4.50% (lowest) and 8.75% (highest) Prime rate plus 50 bps during the same rate environment, which generated an average spread of 3.24%.


Based upon a prime-based loan plus 50 bps, the lowest rate charged to your customer would have been 4.5% with a high of 8.75%. At these rates, an average spread of 3.24% would have been obtained. 



Benefit of Your Short Term Line of Credit

  • Potential for constant spread during a rising rate environment
  • Reprices daily for greater management of operating cycles
  • Hold LOC funds overnight or until no longer needed
  • Prepayment anytime without a fee
  • Convenient source of liquidity 
  • Auto renewal

 

As you evaluate the line of credit, remember to take the Class B stock dividend of 6% into account. The dividend could make your effective borrowing rate close to or below zero percent. Contact our lending desk to take down a line of credit advance today.

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Lending OfficerMichael Young785.478.8213
Michael Young has done a little bit of everything in his four years at FHLBank Topeka, including Accounting and ERM. The CPA graduated from Washburn University. Contact him today.
 
 

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